Monday, 25 April 2011

Less is More again for Mum...

It's my Mum's birthday today, so I needed to make her a card, but unfortunately I woke up feeling not so well on Saturday and I had to cut my day out short as I felt really dizzy and nauseous.  I think I must have picked up some sort of bug so I went to bed at 6pm on Saturday night haven't really moved from the bed or sofa since.  We're supposed to be visiting friends for a couple of days so I hope I start to feel better tomorrow.

Anyhow, no matter how bad I felt, I still had to make Mum a card and before cutting our day out short on Saturday I did manage to pick up a lovely new stamp from Stampendous - one of their jumbo cling stamps.  I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it, but Mum loves hydrangeas so I knew it was the right thing to start off with.  When I stamped it, I realised it lent itself to this weeks LIM theme of off-centre as the stamp itself leans to the right, so I decided to take that as the inspiration and make Mum a CAS card, not the normal thing I give her - I think I made the right decision as she absolutely loved it and didn't believe I'd actually made it (the cheek!!)

It's an 8x8 blank card with a slightly textured finish - it needed to be this large to accommodate the jumbo stamp (I want the others in this range too now they are lovely to work with), but I stamped it on my copic colouring card 3 times and cut out the individual blooms from the extra two stamps to do a decoupage effect.  I coloured with copics, and added some fine lines with my pencils, using blues, lilacs and soft pinks.  A bit of glitter in the middle over a darker aqua copic.  I used the same aqua colour to colour tint some chipboard letters to spell out Mother, and gave them a heavy glittering with glamour dust.  A simple Happy Birthday stamp in between and then I resisted the urge to fill any more of the white space.....  I'm really happy with this second entry to LIM this week.

I did a matching insert in word - I wrote my own sentiment (borrowed from an old birthday card...) and found a clip art hydrangea which I "blurred" the edge of by 25%, and then made the whole image brighter by 40% to give it a soft enough feel to go behind the text.

Thanks for your comments so far - I'll try to get around as many of you as I can later, but I can only manage about 10 minutes at a time on line before I feel dizzy and sick again.

Thanks for stopping by again.

                                                      Craftilicious  x


  1. It's a lovely card & well done for making it when you didn't feel well too, hope you feel better soon. Not surprised your mum loved it too :O) Viv xx

  2. What a lovely card! It's so beautiful!

  3. wow.... just GORGEOUS!! love the dimension to the flower!

  4. I`m not surprised your Mum loved it Tara, it`s stunning. Love the dimension and the colour.
    Hope you feel better soon.
    Lynne xxx

  5. This is stunning beautiful work and fantastic colouring.


  6. That's a great 3D card Tara and I love the colours of the hydrangea.
    Great card. I hope you'll be feeling better very soon.
    Lady LIM

  7. Such beautiful colours and decoupage. This is a wonderful card. Hope you feel better soon. Lynn x

  8. Beautiful card, hope you are feeling better.
    jenjoy x

  9. Very impressive card lady! I don't know how you have the patience to cut out all those petals but the result is fab.

    Funny you should mention me having to make acetate cards as penance for missing LIM last week - Mandi has already threatened to send me some as a form of detention - arrrgggghhh!!

  10. PS - hope you are feeling better v soon, xxxx

  11. Absolutely beautiful Tara, the colouring is so perfect too. I'm not surprised your mum loved it :)
    Jenny x

  12. How beautiful! I love the dimension!!

  13. Oh, this is just LOVELY! Love all the cutting you did - it adds SO much to the overall look. TFS!
    Cheers, Karen

  14. FAntastic card Tara, that flower must have taken a good while, but so worth it
    Hope you are now feeling better x
    Thanks so much
    Diva LIM
    Less is More

  15. It's a lovely card, I love hydrangeas too. Great matching insert.

  16. lovely card for a Mum

  17. Gorgeous card bet your mum loved it, hope you are feeling better now... Chris xx

  18. Tara what a gorgeous card and I hope you are feeling better now.


  19. Fantastic card and i love this stamp. Only saw this a couple of weeks ago and was surprised at how huge a stamp it is! Sure your Mum will love it too. Have you got the Martha Stewart hydrangea punch too?
    I hope you don't mind me saying that your first card made me very sad for some reason even though it is beautiful...

  20. Gorgeous, love that hydrangea and how you have cut out the extra flowers, its beautiful

  21. this is so great! love all the dimension in it, the flower petals and the raised letters are fab. CoB

  22. You have created an amazing card, the flower is really beautuful, I'm not surprised you Mum loved it.

  23. Super card...beautifully coloured, it looks so realistic.

  24. Oh this is fabulous.

  25. Such a pretty card... I am already a follower. Did not need much convincing there, did I? Would love it if your follow me, too but of course it is entirely up to you.
    Nice to meet you and have a pleasant weekend,



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